There’s so much happening in Canterbury this April; from the poetic enchantments of Wise Words festival to the eclectic beats of City Sound Project. There’s a deluge of poets and artists descending on the city at the end of April, making it a place where you can stumble across anything from the timeless musings of Roger McGough to the EDM mayhem of Skepsis. All this, combined with Canterbury’s usual excellent array of cultural offerings, makes visiting the city at this time of year a truly unmissable experience.
Picturing Faith: An Exhibition of the Methodist Modern Art Collection
Saturday 14 January to Sunday 23 April
We’re lucky enough to have one of the UK’s most significant collections of modern Christian Art currently on display at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge. The Methodist Modern Art Collection is a unique gathering of art which has toured the UK and abroad since its inception over forty years ago. This exhibition features over 40 works, including work by acclaimed artists Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink, Edward Burra and Patrick Heron.
Who's Gonna Love Me Now?
At the age of 21 Saar Maoz arrived in the UK after being kicked out of his religious Kibbutz. Following the highs and lows that accompanied his newfound freedom Saar discovered an alternative family with The London Gay Men’s Chorus. After 19 years, Saar has reached out to his conservative Israeli family in an attempt at reconciliation. Now his parents are coming to visit… This is a film which celebrates the triumph of love over hate, of understanding over ignorance and the melding of cultures who traditionally view each other as extreme. This isn’t Saar Moaz’s singular journey, it is a monumental trek undertaken by his entire family.
This special advance screening is followed by a Q&A with the film’s directors hosted by Julian Clary, plus a performance by The London Gay Men’s Chorus, live by satellite from The Barbican Gigs.
City Sound Project
From churches to castles, underground toilets to secret gardens, riverside stages to warehouses; one City Sound Project wristband grants you access to every stage and events space within the city walls. Featuring David White Lies, AJ Tracey, Lady Leshurr, Monki, The Rifles and Youth Club to name but a few.
‘Sound Crunch’ offers a night of poetry and music in Canterbury’s newest venue, Chromos. Have you been yet?
Greyfriars Garden, Wise Words Festival
Tongue-Fu is one of the UK’s leading spoken word shows, bringing together poets, storytellers, rappers and comedians to perform alongside jaw-dropping improvised soundtracks. It’s a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation, with previous guests including Kate Tempest, Roger McGough, Akala, Robin Ince, Bellatrix, Inua Ellams, Hollie McNish, Lemn Sissay, Vanessa Kisuule and Dizraeli.
Greyfriars Garden, Wise Words Festival
There were many things that Hollie McNish didn’t know before she was pregnant. How her family and friends would react; that Mr Whippy would be off the menu; how aggressive formula marketing is and the double standard of anti-breastfeeding tirades in a country full of depictions of naked women. She’s just been awarded the Ted Hughes poetry prize and she’s one of the most sought after poets currently touring the UK. Join her for an evening of poetry, polemics and plain-speaking truths.
Tamsin Greig (Black Books, Green Wing, Episodes) will be performing as Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.
A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.
4th - 8th April
The Marlowe Theatre
Step into swinging 60s Britain and discover how The Kinks found their definitive sound. Feel the euphoric highs and experience the power of a live Kinks performance.
Best of Be Festival
Experience the highlights of the 2016 festival with three exceptional shows from Italy, Germany & Switzerland each lasting 30 minutes. BE FESTIVAL shakes up the idea of conventional theatre by crossing borders, disciplines and blurring traditional boundaries between audience and artist. The annual summer festival invites European performers to perform at Birmingham REP, and celebrates European culture and community.